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Old 07-11-2017, 09:54 PM
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Just something of possible interest....

My G1200GT's OEM Exide Gel battery lost much of its cranking capacity after only 2 years (the well known "hot cranking " problem). I replaced it with a Panasonic AGM that I ordered from DigiKey. It arrived the next day, and 7 years later it is still working perfectly. Pretty hard to beat that!
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Re: Panasonic battery

Isn't that battery always hooked up to a tender?

Does that bike ever get outta the garage anymore? Hasn't it become the S2000 ugly little sister?
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Re: Panasonic battery

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Isn't that battery always hooked up to a tender?

No! When the bike is not in use (during winter), I charge it once every 6 weeks or so. Otherwise, it just sits in the bike

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Does that bike ever get outta the garage anymore? Hasn't it become the S2000 ugly little sister?

Oh ye of little faith!.... I just got back from a bike trip 3 days ago. Been out sever al times this spring.

But I confess that we did drive to Nakusp BC a few weeks ago in the S2000.

So there!
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Re: Panasonic battery

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Just something of possible interest....

My G1200GT's OEM Exide Gel battery lost much of its cranking capacity after only 2 years (the well known "hot cranking " problem). I replaced it with a Panasonic AGM that I ordered from DigiKey. It arrived the next day, and 7 years later it is still working perfectly. Pretty hard to beat that!

Bob I guess you'll be buying a LiFePO4 battery when that one dies.
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Re: Panasonic battery

This is what I have in the K1600GTL for almost two years now. It's a gel cell also.
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Re: Panasonic battery

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No! When the bike is not in use (during winter), I charge it once every 6 weeks or so. Otherwise, it just sits in the bike



Oh ye of little faith!.... I just got back from a bike trip 3 days ago. Been out sever al times this spring.

But I confess that we did drive to Nakusp BC a few weeks ago in the S2000.

So there!

I stand corrected!
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Re: Panasonic battery

I am still a fan of the Odyssey PC680MJ battery on my K1200GT.

Note: The "MJ" stands for "metal jacket". The metal jacket protects the battery from engine heat (such as from an air-cooled v-twin) but I like the extra assurance that it provides. The metal jacket was not required for my 2007 K1200GT, but I like the reassurance that it provides.

Whether you buy a PC680 or PC680MJ (or whatever Odyssey battery is appropriate for your motorcycle), you won't be sorry.
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Bob I guess you'll be buying a LiFePO4 battery when that one dies.

Not much chance of that!
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Re: Panasonic battery

I had a very similar good experience with a Sealed Lead Acid Panasonic Battery from Digikey. It lasted a long time in my old '99 BMW R1100S.
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I had a very similar good experience with a Sealed Lead Acid Panasonic Battery from Digikey. It lasted a long time in my old '99 BMW R1100S.

Before I installed a Panasonic battery that I mentioned above in the first post, I installed another Panasonic AGM battery in my previous bike (a K100RT) back in 2006. In 2008, I sold the bike to a friend's son who still has it (in 2008, by the way, he rode it all across Canada from Vancouver to Nova Scotia).

This Panasonic battery is STILL in the bike 11 years later, and it works perfectly! In my books, considering how hard that Brick motors are on batteries, it seems to me that Panasonic batteries are first rate!
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Re: Panasonic battery

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Before I installed a Panasonic battery that I mentioned above in the first post, I installed another Panasonic AGM battery in my previous bike (a K100RT) back in 2006. In 2008, I sold the bike to a friend's son who still has it (in 2008, by the way, he rode it all across Canada from Vancouver to Nova Scotia).

This Panasonic battery is STILL in the bike 11 years later, and it works perfectly! In my books, considering how hard that Brick motors are on batteries, it seems to me that Panasonic batteries are first rate!

Wow! Guess that'll be my next battery!
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